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North Lincolnshire Multi Faith Partnership

The North Lincolnshire Multi Faith Partnership is made up of a group of individuals from all of the major faith communities within the area along with representatives from the Public, Private, Voluntary and Political sector within North Lincolnshire. The key tasks of the partnership are: • To provide a forum for exploring faith issues • Develop dialogue between and within faith communities • Promote mutual respect and understanding amongst people of all ages, faiths and beliefs • Help raise awareness of faith and faith issues amongst the whole community • Encourage and educate faith communities to work for the benefit of society • Aid understanding and tolerance within all age groups • Challenge all forms of discrimination and injustice against persons or people particularly on the grounds of religious belief

Updated:
3 February 2015
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Membership Organisations, Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
North Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

I have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life

In addition to supporting and promoting faith groups the North Lincolnshire Multi Faith Partnership [NLMFP] also endeavors to deliver social action projects that benefit all residents.

The NLMFP represents all faith groups and works closely with public, private and voluntary sector agencies in North Lincolnshire and the Northern Lincolnshire area.

The supportive environment within faith communities provides the NLDAA with a unique opportunity to work with a wide range of people, through families, friends neighbors and the wider community.

This wide-ranging engagement opportunity afforded by the NLMFP will allow them to effectively raise awareness of dementia, provide training and improve access to the services available from the Alzheimer’s Society and other agencies. All within a nurturing and supportive environment.

We will do this by ensuring the community is well represented through the numbers Dementia Friends and Champions within all faith groups. The NLMFP will also work to improve access to the services of the Alzheimer’s society and other agencies by reducing stigma, providing advice on service access, supporting people in treatment and encourage early diagnosis.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The NLMFP is a voluntary group and its member’s main function is to share information and raise awareness of their faith.

The challenge will be providing sufficient training and knowledge of available services and changing attitudes within communities that are reluctant to seek help and advice for those suffering from dementia.

2. Actions

  • Improve understanding of dementia to reduce stigma in order to increase access to services and early diagnosis.

    All members of the NLMFP to become Dementia Friends and one Dementia Champion within all faith groups within one year. More Champions and friends trained on an annual basis.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Targeted intervention for groups that are underserved in terms of access to the Alzheimer’s Society and other agencies’ services. For example training offered to Madrasahs.

    Consult with faith leaders on how Dementia Friends training can be modified to meet the faith and cultural needs of the community.  The training delivered to community groups and social activity within various faiths.

    Dementia Champions can then be identified and information, support and advice can be shared with the NLMFP, NLDAA and Alzheimer’s Society.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Develop Faith/Cultural Awareness training/information for service providers.

    The NLMFP to work in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society to develop information and training for service providers that will educate them on how to be culturally aware and sensitive in order to make their services more accessible.

    Status:
    Planning